Letter from the Commissioner
Public health efforts impact our lives every day…Safe food, clean water, healthy babies and mothers.
The Putnam County Department of Health strives daily to ensure your health and well-being. All restaurants, camps and pools are inspected and rechecked regularly throughout the year. Thousands of residents are given vaccines, while the department simultaneously watches for contagious diseases and cares for hundreds of infants and their mothers. Water supplies are carefully monitored and relevant health information is routinely developed and disseminated. When a health emergency strikes, trained department staff are ready to respond. Much work goes on under the radar and unnoticed, but virtually all residents benefit in one way or another from the wide variety of services provided by the health department.
These efforts save money and lives. Illness is averted before it starts; screenings lead to early treatment; and safe environments limit injury, disease and healthcare expenses.
Times are both exciting and challenging for health departments across the state and across the nation. Public health research advances continue and national accreditation of health departments will be a reality in the not-so-distant future. The Putnam County Department of Health embraces these challenges and the continuing opportunity to help residents enjoy more fulfilling lives. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for how to improve our services, or ways we can help you to live a healthier life.
Allen Beals, M.D., J.D.
Commissioner, Putnam County Dept. of Health
The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is to improve and protect the health of our community.
We will be recognized as bold and innovative leaders, partnering with our community in advocating for public health.
10 Essential Public Health Services
In order to improve and protect the health of the community, we operate under the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) 10 Essential Public Health Services, which provide a guiding framework for the responsibilities of a local public health system. These include:
- Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
- Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
- Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) provides the following services: Nursing, Environmental, and Health Education. While each unit operates with distinctive staff members, we collaborate to provide the highest quality programs to Putnam County residents.
Phone: (845) 808-1390
Nursing Services directs outreach to populations who are at risk for health problems, increases access to services by either partnering with community agencies or by direct provision of care (e.g. immunizations, maternal child health (MCH) home visits), conducts screening and surveillance for early disease detection, provides lead prevention testing and services, partners with Health Education to promote activities to improve disease prevention, develops coalitions within the community to address gaps in services, and responds rapidly to disease outbreak and health emergencies.
Phone: (845) 808-1390
Environmental Health Services (EHS) enforces New York State and Putnam County Sanitary Codes, applicable laws, administrative rules and regulations. This includes monitoring and regulating food service establishments and other public facilities. Regulations are also enforced to ensure rabies control, lead poisoning prevention, and clean indoor air. Environmental quality is ensured by monitoring water quality, public water systems, sewage treatment plants, sewage disposal systems, solid waste facilities; approving realty subdivision plans and construction; providing environmental risk assessment; and responding rapidly to environmental emergencies.
Phone: (845) 808-1390
Health Education coordinates and promotes more than 20 disease-specific prevention programs throughout the year to the residents of Putnam County. Beyond these fundamental health education duties, the HED also oversees broader programs including public information and crisis communications; social marketing, media relations, editorial and design services, and production expertise; planning, evaluation and epidemiological support; and health and wellness programs for Putnam County employees.
Board of Health Members
Daniel C. Doyle, DMD, President
Arthur McCormick, DVM, Vice President
Barbara Scuccimarra, Putnam County Legislature
Ginny Nacerino, Alternate Putnam County Legislature
Joseph Avanzato, MD, Secretary
Michael Nesheiwat, MD
Michael Gaesser, MD